Friday, March 09, 2007

This was Disgusting to Read

So news breaks that old Newty was having an extramarital affair at the same time that he was leading the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton for a false statement in grand jury testimony regarding an extramarital affair.

"I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."

Keeping in mind that the legal standard for an impeachable offense is "high crimes and misdemeanors," and that most respectable legal scholars will tell you that garden variety perjury falls far short of that standard, Newt's venom-filled crusade against Clinton during that time, in light of his own transgressions, is just deplorable, on multiple levels


Head Dude said...

Yeah, but Dude, it should be transparent what Gingrich is trying to do. The trend now in both Hollywood and Washington is for entertainers and politicians to initially deny any impropriety (e.g., drug use, infidelity, etc.), and then when it's clear they're about to be busted, offer a "heartfelt" mea culpa acknowledging mistakes made and asking for forgiveness because they've changed.
Newt wants to run for President, and has/had an outside chance to win the nomination, but probably got to the point where someone was about to rat out his affair, so he had to come clean. His obvious hope is that conservatives will forgive him, while not forgiving Giuliani, who's refused to own up to all of his nonsense in the female department.
It reminds me of one of my favorite political stories -- Bob Livingston (i think it was him) claiming an affair he had was a youthful indiscretion, even though he was in his 40s at the time!

The Franchise said...

Jay-Z says 30 is the new 20, so that's good news for me and also gets Bob closer to the truth with his "youthful indiscretion." But, um, Newt is pretty old, is he not? So I don't think he's going to be able to use that rationale for his own affair...